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Why Engine Size Does Matter...

Typically, when you buy a new car it’s pretty common to research various aspects of the new motor – interiors, boot space and even the entertainment system.

But many car buyers also take a keen interest in engine size before purchasing a new car, but why?

We go into why it can matter, especially when it comes to insurance premiums.

BIG Vs Small

Typically, the higher the number, the more powerful the engine is, but there are some exceptions to this rule when looking at more modern vehicles.

Small engines

A small engine size often ranges between a 1L and 1.9L and tends be more efficient and the most economical as there is less fuel to create power. So, if you’re both financially and environmentally conscious a smaller engine would be the most suitable.

 Large engines

A larger engine typically is a 2L engine and upwards. These tend to be more powerful than their smaller counterparts and can accelerate quicker and reach higher speeds, however, more fuel will need to be pumped into its cylinders in order to create this power, which can make them less eco-friendly.

Why would you want a larger engine?

Generally, buyers of larger sized engines own high powered or heavier vehicles such as caravans or 4x4s which require more energy to move. People who travel long distance and commute via motorway would benefit from a larger engine as it may last longer than a smaller one plus it would be smoother to accelerate or drive at maximum speeds on long motorway journeys.

How does a car engine size affect insurance?

Typically, cars with bigger engines can be more expensive to insure as they more powerful and insurers view them as a greater risk in terms of getting into an accident. They are also seen as being more desirable to thieves therefore, again, insurance premiums may rise as a result.

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